WWE are always on the hunt for ‘the next big thing’ on their roster, that next big star to bring them into the new era. Right now, there are eyes on men like Brendan Vink & Cal Bloom as potential stars, and another might have just been added to this list. Last week on WWE NXT, Ridge Holland made his debut after putting in some time on NXT UK.
The former professional rugby player with 10 years pro experience, real name Luke Menzies, began his wrestling training in 2016. Trained by the legendary Marty Jones, he’d make his way around the indies before getting a WWE tryout. Since making his debut as Ridge Holland, no one has been able to beat him.
Ridge Holland Drawing Comparisons To Brock Lesnar
With his size, power and agility all in his favour, Ridge Holland impressed watchers in a triple threat match with Oney Lorcan & Damien Priest on the latest episode of WWE NXT. He would stand toe to toe with the hard hitting Oney Lorcan in exchanges of strikes, and throw the 6’5 249lb Damien Priest around the ring like a small child.
It was hard to not be impressed by Holland, and as reported by Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Live, there are some backstage who see his potential as ‘the next big thing’.
Holland Has Another Chance To Get To NXT Takeover XXX
While he wouldn’t walk away with the triple threat with a win, it would be Oney Lorcan who got pinned. Due to Dexter Lumis being out with an injury, there will be two singles matches to determine who gets in, with the entrants being the men who didn’t lose their respective matches. Given that Holland hasn’t been pinned or submitted since making his proper debut, it’s likely that he overcomes whoever is set across from him.
If he makes it to the ladder match at NXT Takeover XXX, we will get a great feel for just how good Holland does in a big match environment. It’s unclear who he will face in the coming singles match, with Johnny Gargano & Finn Balor as potential opponents, both who would give him another big match to prove himself against.
Do you think Ridge Holland will make his way to Takeover? Is he our next North American Champion? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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